Clinton held a news conference after convening her bipartisan national security advisers today in New York City, at the end of which, as she walked away, a reporter shouted a question as to whether she had a comment about Trump “accidentally” appearing on Russian TV.
In a Thursday interview with Larry King that aired on a TV station funded by the Kremlin, Trump said the Russian government “probably” did not meddle in the American presidential race, and that the Clinton camp’s suggestion otherwise was politically motivated.
Hearing the question, Clinton pivoted, smiled, threw up her hands, shook her head, and walked back to the microphone, as members of the media tittered.
“Every day that goes by, this just becomes more and more of a realty television show. It’s not a serious presidential campaign,” she said of Trump. “And it is beyond one’s imagination to have a candidate for president praising a Russian autocrat like Vladimir Putin, and throwing his lot in with him in the way that he has…not even understanding what Putin has already done, like invading and occupying Crimea.”
“No one who wants to assume the responsibility of being president and commander in chief should be making the kind of reckless and dangerous statements, and identifying with a regime that has some aggressive tendencies toward our interests, our values, our friends and allies,” Clinton continued.
“Can I say I was surprised? I’m not sure anything surprises us any more. But I was certainly disappointed that someone running or President of the United States would continue this unseemly identification with, and praise of, the Russian president, including on Russian television,” she concluded.